Plant Care Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam

About Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Elephant Foot Yam likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.


Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

Also known as

Whitespot giant arum

How to care for Elephant Foot Yam


How often to water your Elephant Foot Yam

Water needs for Elephant Foot Yam
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant Foot Yam needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Elephant Foot Yam in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Foot Yam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Elephant Foot Yam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Elephant Foot Yam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Elephant Foot Yam

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant Foot Yam: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elephant Foot Yam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Elephant Foot Yam

Elephant Foot Yam

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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